Virtual Baby Rally » Learning Happens From The Start

The date for The Virtual Baby Rally will be:
July 8, 2013, 2:00 – 2:30PM (EST)

Event Host:
Soledad O’Brien, Award winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group

Featured Guests:
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education

Jennifer Garner, Actor and Save the Children Artist Ambassador

Alma Powell, Chair of the Board at America’s Promise Alliance

Laurie Berkner, Children’s Musician

ZERO TO THREE, with more than a dozen co-sponsoring organizations, is hosting Rally4Babies: Learning Happens Right from the Start to rally Americans around early learning policies that focus specifically on babies and toddlers.

The virtual baby rally will be streamed live on YouTube using Google+ Hangouts on Air, and will feature prominent speakers in a live program about why we need our early learning policies to begin at birth. You can participate in the rally from wherever you are by accessing YouTube. The recording of the Virtual Baby Rally will be available after the live event for people who could not participate live. Check this page often for updates!

Source: Rally for Babies

Available at: http://rally4babies.org/virtual-rally/

ZERO TO THREE: Early Childhood Mental Health

Babies and young children thrive when they are cared for by adults that are “crazy about them!” (Bronfenbrenner, 1976 1). Responsive relationships with consistent primary caregivers help build positive attachments that support healthy social-emotional development. These relationships form the foundation of mental health for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Source: ZERO TO THREE

Available at: http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/early-childhood-mental-health/

Coping with Defiance

Marco, 19 months, runs into the tunnel at the playground and stays there when his dad tells him it’s time to leave.

Tanya, 32 months, refuses to have her cereal in the blue bowl. She insists that she needs the red one and if not, she won’t be eating her breakfast.

It is a toddler’s job to be oppositional. This is the period in your child’s development when she begins to understand that she is separate from you and can exert some control over her world. One powerful way she can do this is by defying you. You say, “Do this,” yet she says, “No!” The drive to assert one’s self is useful as it motivates your child to want to make things happen. Being able to do some things for herself builds her confidence. The key is to find ways to show your child how she can be in control and make her own choices in positive ways.

Source: ZERO TO THREE

Available at: http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/challenging-behavior/coping-with-defiance.html#what

Building Relationships: Parallels between Infant-Toddler Development and the Public Policy Process

Working with infants and toddlers and their families is all about relationships. We know from scientific research that every domain of development is impacted by nurturing, caring relationships in the early childhood (Shankoff & Phillips, 2000). “Babies are born with a drive to relate to and connect with others, and they continue to develop the social skills necessary to form strong, healthy relationships throughout their lives. (ZERO TO THREE, 2007)

These findings teach us not only about babies, but about the ways in which people of all ages relate to others. Our understanding of relationships and early childhood development can help guide us in various aspects of our lives. Relationship-building is at the core of our work with young children, and it truly lies at the heart of effective policy, advocacy and systems work. That makes those of us in the early childhood community perfectly suited for policy work.

Source: ZERO TO THREE

Available at: http://zttcfn.convio.net/site/DocServer/BuildingRelationships.pdf?docID=3641